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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Nearly all of the tracks on Johnny Cash's All Aboard the Blue Train involve trains in some way, making this possibly one of Cash's earliest "concept" albums. Even the tracks that don't mention locomotion directly all have that chugging Tennessee Two rhythm invoking rail travel and lonesome whistles on their own. Originally released in 1962 on Sun, this reissue contains six bonus tracks of demos and alternate versions. Notable among these is a jerky demo for "Leave That Junk Alone" advice that could have served Johnny well in the upcoming years and an undubbed version of the bizarro "You're My Baby Little Woolly Booger," which gives a glimpse into the Man in Black's oddball ...
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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Nearly all of the tracks on Johnny Cash's All Aboard the Blue Train involve trains in some way, making this possibly one of Cash's earliest "concept" albums. Even the tracks that don't mention locomotion directly all have that chugging Tennessee Two rhythm invoking rail travel and lonesome whistles on their own. Originally released in 1962 on Sun, this reissue contains six bonus tracks of demos and alternate versions. Notable among these is a jerky demo for "Leave That Junk Alone" advice that could have served Johnny well in the upcoming years and an undubbed version of the bizarro "You're My Baby Little Woolly Booger," which gives a glimpse into the Man in Black's oddball sense of humor. The real highlights are the cover of Hank Williams' "I Heard That Lonesome Whistle" and the blistering "Hey Porter," possibly his best train story-song.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206648720
  • Catalog Number: 066487
  • Sales rank: 19,863

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Cash Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Lead Belly Composer
Norman Blake Composer
Gene Autry Composer
Johnny Cash Composer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Larry Willis Composer
Bob Johnson Composer
Billy Smith Composer
Jack Clement Producer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Cary E. Mansfield Reissue Producer
Clyde Otis Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Sam Phillips Producer
Johnny Marvin Composer
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another fine post-Sun collection of Sun sides

    Sun Records made a cottage industry of releasing Johnny Cash albums for several years after the artist had moved over to Columbia Records. Ironically, this 1962 collection of previously issued tracks (some from singles, some from the vault) is more focussed on actual train songs than Cash’s purpose-built 1960 Columbia release, "Ride This Train." In addition to the title track, "Blue Train" also finds Cash singing his own "Train of Love," "Hey, Porter!" and "Folsom Prison Blues," and covering "The Wreck of Old ’97," Leadbelly’s "Rock Island Line," and Hank Williams’ "(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle." ¶ Sam Phillips’ produced most of these tracks, and the few helmed by Jack Clement are mercifully short on his chorus and background overdubs. These are sparse tic-tac (or, in this case, click-clack) Tennessee Three arrangements, giving Cash’s baritone plenty of space to shine. Varese’s reissue adds a generous six bonus tracks, including originally unissued alternate takes of "Hey, Porter!" and "Train of Love," and an incomplete, originally unissued take of Jimmie Rodgers’ "Brakeman’s Blues." Two solo takes from Cash, a rockin’-gospel "Leave That Junk Alone" and 1954 rockabilly "You’re My Baby (Little Woolly Booger)" are also both worthy additions. ¶ Considering that these songs were recorded individually, over a five year period, there’s a remarkable consistency and continuity. That’s due in part to Cash and his band, but it also speaks to Sun’s intention for this to be more than a slap-dash collection of previously issued tracks. This may not have been recorded as an album, but it sure plays like a good one!

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